Self-proclaimed Detroit soul ambassador Melvin Davis will join forces with McKinley Jackson & the Horns of Plenty for this party-time Lager House show. Davis isn’t nearly as well known as he should be, so the ambassador tag might be overstating things slightly. However, there’s still time to get on board his train. He’s played with everyone from Smokey Robinson and David Ruffin to Wayne Kramer and Dennis Coffey, but of late his own material has been wowing local crowds. The consummate front man and an excellent singer, Davis is a credit to the region. Maruga & the Cosmic Hoedown Band, the Cannonball Underground, and the Wilson Family featuring Elder Roma Wilson also play. PJ's Lager House, Detroit. $10-$15.
Nasty, filthy, dirty punk rock ’n’ roll played by some of the nastiest, filthiest, dirtiest punk rock ’n’ rollers in Detroit. Influenced by the likes of Motörhead, Zeke and NOFX, Against the Grain plays hard and fast, and likely drinks in much the same fashion. The band has shared the stage with the likes of Black Flag, the Meatmen, Guttermouth, DRI and the Angry Samoans, and not a one of them has outblasted them. Interestingly enough, Turbonegro cover band Scandinavian Pleather will also play, as will noise rockers Mean Mother. An intense and eclectic bill. Small's, Hamtramck. $8.
With the proceeds going to Camp Casey, a nonprofit that offers horseback rides to children with cancer, there’s never before been a better reason to drink copious amounts of beer (with a sober designated driver, of course). More than 100 beers will be available, with food from the StrEAT food trucks (Mac Shack, El Guapo and Tuk Tuk) and music by Yorg & Sheehan. Stouts, pale ales and pilsners — the beer will flow as freely as the beer-related conversation. Ale-geeks and the casual beer drinkers are all welcome, and everyone will have the opportunity to try something new. Royal Oak Music Theatre, Royal Oak. $45-$65.
Members of the Jehovah’s Witness Protection Program, Zombie Jesus & the Chocolate Sunshine Band, Err and Sharky & the Habit reunite the band originally formed as a Jesus Lizard tribute. A recent YpsiFest show went well, and now the guys are making this a regular thing again. Says frontman Anthony Gentile, “I would say we are way better than we were the first time around. Everybody is much more coherent.” Decade of Flies, Truman, and Trace the Veins also play. A few of these Lizerrd members went on to play with the Disinformants, but it’s great to this band of reprobates and ruffians back in this form. Woodruff's, Ypsilanti. $5.
A great cause, this one. Artists of different genres are coming together to raise money for local music supporter Sue Eckstein’s fight with cancer. So we get rockers Kaleido (led by the inimitable Christina Chriss), blue-collar country dude Ty Stone, and Trick Trick. Detroit rapper and Goon Sqwad founder Trick Trick is no stranger to controversy, and he’s been known to spout some pretty ugly verbiage. On the flip side, the man is as pro-Detroit as it gets, having made Detroit a “no fly zone,” meaning that rappers not from or supporting Detroit aren’t welcome here. You have to admire that commitment to the local scene, going so far as to shut the city gates on those who don’t believe. The Magic Stick, Detroit. $10.
Detroit’s most notable clown outside of ICP, Satori Circus, marks 25 years of doing his act this week, with an hourlong performance on the stage of the Detroit Film Theatre. Not necessarily a clown act, the performer (real name Russ Taylor) started out in our area in 1989. The native Detroiter left town for Indiana for a while, but since his return six years ago, he’s been ramping up his activity, teaming up with a new generation of burlesque performers and other current stage sensations. All that hard work culminates in this show, which includes Detroit’s hardest-working showgirl, Lushes LaMoan, and the lead singer of the Stoned, Scott Dambacher. The event is free, but there are only two performances (6:30 and 8:30 p.m.). Detroit Film Theatre, Detroit.
Take a look at the members of Georgia band Blackberry Smoke, and we bet you can guess who they have opened for in the past. Yup, that list includes ZZ Top, Lynryd Skynyrd and the Zac Brown Band. If they haven’t played with the Allman Brothers Band and the Drive-By Truckers yet, you can bet that they will in the future. Perhaps Kid Rock too. So this Southern rock and country band has been active since 2000, has three albums out, and is signed to Zac Brown’s Southern Ground label. The most recent record, 2012’s The Whippoorwill, saw the band earning comparisons to Molly Hatchet and Blackfoot. Do with that what you will. St. Andrew’s Hall, Detroit. $18.
Velveteen Rabbit is a musical project that been going on for ten years now, fronted by front woman Sandy Hopkins. This is also the first live show by the Divine Comedians in quite a while, who have been hard at work on a new album titled Defense Mechanics (they've posted some new tracks from it on their Soundcloud page). PJ's Lager House, Detroit. $5.
Hip hop covers in the style of bluegrass, country and folk? Why the folk not? Featuring music by Abigail Stauffer (pictured), Black Jake & the Carnies, Joe Hertler & The Rainbow Seekers, Dan Henig Dragon Wagon and many more. The Blind Pig, Ann Arbor. $15.
Some cool bar-hopping music makers are putting together a DJ set, drinkfest and dance party designed to help ring in their pal Kelsey Hubbell’s 25th birthday. Who’s going to spin the nasty booty jams? None other than Bad Party frontman and AM 1610 radio host Nate Czarling and Johnny Ill of the Johnny Ill Band. It sounds like a fun enough reason to drink deep into a Thursday night and get that heart pumping out on the dance floor. Nancy Whiskey, Detroit.